When we hear about drones, we always think of something small, or not too big, but this particular post is about to change that impression. Ravn X is not like any other drone that you’ve seen before, with a wingspan of 60 feet, a height of 18 feet, length of 80 feet and weight of 28 tons, Ravn X is unarguably the largest unmanned aircraft in the world. Drones are more formally known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems (UASes). Essentially, a drone is a flying robot that can be remotely controlled or fly autonomously through software-controlled flight plans in their embedded systems, working in conjunction with onboard sensors and GPS.
Ravn X is a product of a company that’s called Aevum. This company is based in the United States at Alabama. Despite the large size of this drone, it still has a very beautiful look. It doesn’t really look like a drone, but like a fighter jet of the future.
The size and beauty of this drone are the least characteristics about it. This drone’s primary purpose is to launch satellites in space. Ravn X will drop rockets mid air, once it reaches the desired location in space.
Aevum has claimed that this drone is so fast, that it will be able to deliver satellites in space every 180 minutes, 24/7, with 100% human safety, because there will be no human aboard the drone. Ravn X also lands and parks itself, with no human inside it.
Another advantage of Ravn X, is that it can be used over an over again. While most other vessels never return after venturing into space, Ravn X is 70% reusable and will be 95% reusable in the nearest future. This is what Aevum has said.
Aevum also said that this drone flies just like any other plane, which can take off from a run way. This drone is also fitted with great technology that can check the air traffic, weather conditions and so many other things before it’s launched into space. And the drone obviously doesn’t need a pilot to sit inside it.
The United States leadership has emphasized on the need for an extremely fast means of transportation to low Earth orbit. In a statement from Aevum founder, he said that “Through our autonomous technologies, Aevum will shorten the lead time of launches from years to months, and when our customers demand it, minutes.
This is necessary to improve lives on Earth. This is necessary to save lives.” The Aevum company has already gotten over $1 billion in government contracts. There’s already a mission that they’ll carry out in late 2021, with about 20 more missions to follow in the next nine years.